Argentina is a distant and exotic country for us, stretching along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and going deep into the mainland to the snow-white peaks of the Andes. Tourists are waiting for picturesque beaches, numerous parks, cities with an interesting history and an abundance of attractions.
Who and why should go to Argentina
Any travel or beach lover should visit Argentina. The only thing that can stop tourists on this way is the rather high cost of a flight to South America.
On the east coast of Argentina, guests are waiting for the beaches washed by the waters of the Atlantic. Their choice is simply huge: from well-equipped resorts with everything you need for a comfortable pastime, to wild corners. In total, there are 24 places for a beach holiday. Among the popular ones are: the oldest and most crowded Mar del Plata, bohemian Pinamare and Carilo, democratic Necochea and Miramar, as well as the youth party beach Villa Gezel.
If the country has mountains and sea at the same time, then it can be considered a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. In the foothills of the Andes, fans of extreme sports are waiting for the snow-covered slopes of the ski resorts of Penitentess, Las Leñas, Caviahue, Cerro Baio, La Oya, Chapelco and Cerro Castor. There is also a place for rock climbing. Climbing bases are located in the mountains of Lanin, Tronador, Torre and Fritsoy. On the coast and lakes of the mainland, you can go sport fishing, snorkeling or windsurfing. In the central parts of the country there are horse polo and golf courses.
In the national parks of Argentina, all conditions are created for hiking and observing representatives of the local fauna. There are a large number of lakes in the reserves, where you can go snorkeling or snorkeling. In the provinces of Buenos Aires and Patagonia, tourists can relax and recharge in settlements far from the noise of the city.
Any type of holiday in Argentina can be combined with educational trips around the country. It is rich in interesting places and museums, primarily related to the study of the history of local tribes, archaeological finds, the life and work of famous people of Argentina, and the art of local peoples.
Cultural events in the country are also of interest. In the first two months of winter, carnival thunders throughout Argentina. Every Saturday in January and February the streets are filled with dancing people in colorful clothes. In mid-October, Buenos Aires is filled with the sounds of the guitar. And on the birthday of the tango author Carlos Gardel (December 11), Argentina lives in the rhythm of a passionate dance.
Cultural attractions and museums
Archaeological Museum of Alta Montana (Salta)
The Archaeological Museum in Salta was opened in the middle of the 19th century to preserve a unique find discovered during research on the Llullaillaco volcano. Today, the mummies of children sacrificed to the gods about 500 years ago are kept in special flasks. These are the remains of two girls and one boy. Nearby, visitors can see the rich gold and silver jewelry found at the place of sacrifice.
Archaeological Museum in Incahuasi
This museum in the city of Incahuasi has at least 9,000 exhibits that tell about the life of Indian tribes. Among the significant artifacts is a stone with inscriptions, whose age is about 4500 years. Scientists claim that this is the oldest example of writing on Earth that has survived to this day. In addition, the museum exhibits ceramics, cultural and religious rites.
House Museum of Ernesto Che Guevara
In the small town of Alta Grazia, the house where the Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara spent his childhood and youth has been preserved. The museum contains personal belongings, letters and documents of the famous Che. Among the exhibits are the original bicycle, on which he once made his first trip to Latin America, and a copy of his favorite motorcycle. The museum is never deserted. Tourists, local schoolchildren and students, government delegations consider it necessary to touch the revolutionary currents at their source.
Maritime Museum and Prison in Ushuaia
In the city of Ushuaia, located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, there is a Maritime Museum and a Prison. Currently, they are combined into a single complex. In the first part, tourists will get acquainted with the history of Antarctic exploration, the development of the merchant fleet and whaling. Tourists will see models of ships, navigation equipment and nautical charts. In the second, they learn about the life of slaves in one of the most severe prisons.
In the capital of the Argentine Republic, there is the luxurious Pissurno Palace, named after one of the country’s prominent figures in science and education. The building itself, with a facade 140 meters long, vaguely resembles Versailles. Today, an art gallery is open within its walls, which presents works by famous Argentinean painters.
Franciscan Monastery and EC Recoleta
In the same quarter of the city, occupying the former building of the Franciscan monastery, there is also the Recoleta exhibition center. It is in it that temporary exhibitions are organized. In addition, the exhibition center is used as a concert and theater venue. There is a cinema hall in the attached chapel.
The Recoleta cemetery has long been not only the last refuge for the rich and famous people of the city, but also a popular excursion route. The churchyard welcomes idle visitors with the silence of narrow streets and the tranquility of ancient crypts surrounded by flower beds and fountains.
The area of the city, once conceived as a haven for commoners, gained popularity during the yellow fever. It was one of the few quarters that, for some reason, the cruel disease bypassed.
Notable buildings, cities and structures
La Boca is the heart of modern Buenos Aires. This is a port quarter where the first Spanish settlers landed in 1536 under the command of Pedro de Mendoza, officially recognized as the founder of the city. A bright, original area with many cozy squares, taverns and souvenir shops attracts the attention of tourists. They say that it was he who became the birthplace of tango.
San Telmo Market
Another of the original districts of the capital of Argentina is the San Telmo market, the building of which was designed by architect Juan Antonio Buchiazzo. In its shopping pavilions, you can buy almost everything: from food to antiques. The special flavor of the market will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Argentine capital.
Historical route: the center of Buenos Aires — the province of Moreno
It is interesting to go along the route connecting the center of the metropolis with the province of Moreno. On Rivadavia Avenue you can see the Pink Palace, the Cathedral, the Vera Palace, the Tortoni cafe, luxurious mansions and palaces, which today are given over to residential premises and offices of large companies.
The center of the province of Morena is the elegant city of La Plata. Its Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady is made of pink and white brick and is distinguished by graceful architecture. The interior decoration is no less luxurious: stained-glass windows with scenes from the New and Old Testaments, marble floors and oak confessionals evoke a feeling of admiration.
It will be interesting to visit the City Palace, which is distinguished by beautiful architecture and exquisite interior design. Both buildings are located in Piazza Morena, adorned with a sculpture of the Divine Arquero.
The city of Salta is known not only for its archaeological museum. The Cathedral is located here, on the territory of which the freedom fighters of Argentina found their last shelter. Far beyond the borders of the country know the Basilica and the monastery of San Francisco.
In the first one, you can kneel before the statues of the Virgin Mary and Christ, which can give healing from many diseases. The second is to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and climb the highest bell tower in Argentina, where from a height of 54 meters a stunning view of the city and its surroundings opens.
Mount San Bernardo
Not only from the bell tower you can take panoramic pictures of the city. A real adventure will be a trip to Mount San Bernardo. Its height is 1471 meters. You can get to the top either by overcoming 1021 steps, or by cable car. In both cases, travelers discover picturesque landscapes.
At the top of the mountain there is a cross with the inscription «Christ is alive, the Queen is alive» and a copper statue of Christ. By the way, the incisions on his wrists testify not to the last path of the martyr, but to the fact that not so long ago they wanted to steal the statue.
Natural attractions and parks
Nahuel Huapi National Park
Nahuel Huapi is located near the Chilean border and the Argentine city of en Carlos de Bariloche. The park got its name from the toponym of the mysterious and beautiful lake of the same name on its territory. Tourists have access to walking and car walks through the evergreen area of 785 thousand hectares. The main representatives of the flora of the National Park are cedar and beech.
But the most interesting are water trips to Victoria Island and the Liao Liao Peninsula. The park has a cable car that lifts everyone to the top of Mount Otto, 1405 meters high. Here you can visit a unique restaurant that makes a full rotation around its axis in 40 minutes. From its windows you can see the snow-capped peak of the Tronador volcano.
Forests of Palermo
The forests of Palermo in Buenos Aires attract both children and adults. Several parks are concentrated on a vast territory at once, among which there is even a rose garden and a Japanese garden. Along the well-groomed paths, you can ride with a breeze on roller skates or a skateboard, or just take a walk, looking at the numerous sculptures. The banks of park ponds are perfect as a place for a picnic.
Iguazu National Park
In the province of Misiones, near the border of Brazil and Paraguay, is the Argentine part of the Iguazu National Park. The main local attraction is waterfalls, overthrowing waters over sheer cliffs of a reddish hue. In total, there are 275 waterfalls in the park with an area of 55 thousand hectares. The largest of them reach a height of 70 meters.
Also in the local forests you can see the iron tree, admire the hummingbirds and tropical butterflies. Those who wish can see the ruins of the Jesuit settlements and the missionary church of San Ignacio Mini.
Metropolitan Temaiken is the largest zoo in Argentina. Animals here live in large enclosures, the design of which is as close as possible to their natural habitat. Especially popular are Bengal tigers, a large collection of birds from 2500 species and an aquarium. In the latter, guests will be offered to stay overnight to observe the life of the inhabitants of the deep sea.
Los Glaciares National Park
Anyone who wants to stand on an ancient glacier should head to Los Glaciares National Park at the foot of the Andes. At least three quarters of its territory is covered with eternal ice. In total, there are about fifty glaciers here. It is noteworthy that they begin to form at an altitude of only 1500 meters above sea level, so their visit is available to ordinary tourists.
While walking through the park, you will see deep cracks, through pipes made of ice, and the place where the ice tongue enters Lake Argentino. As a result of snow melting, about a hundred lakes were formed in the park, connected by channels. The largest of them are Argentino and Viedma. Boat trips will help you see all the greatness of the Andes.
Penguins of Martillo Island
Acquaintance with penguins outside of zoos and penguinariums is possible on Martillo Island, located in the Beagle Channel. More than 2,000 Magellanic penguins and no more than a dozen pairs of the rarest species of these birds, the Papua, nest here. Travelers are brought to the island by boat, where they take a walk along the special paths of the 800-meter beach. Accustomed to the abundance of visitors, the penguins peacefully go about their daily business. But touching and scaring the birds is strictly prohibited.
The Valdes peninsula, which is connected to the mainland only by a thin strip of land that is accessible at low tide, is home to sea lions and elephant seals. Their habits are best observed from the observation deck of the Interpretation Center, located near the isthmus. At the same time, tourists will be able to learn about the habits of these amazing mammals and the history of the island.
Entertainment and recreation
Laguna Don Thomas Recreational Park
You can spend the whole day in the recreational park of the city of Santa Rosa. On an area of 500 hectares, such activities as boating and catamarans on the lake, fishing, picnics are available. There is a small museum and a children’s center here. Sports lovers will appreciate the football, basketball, volleyball and softball fields. A tourist electric train is provided to move around the park.
Children’s Republic in La Plata
The children’s republic in the city of La Plata can be safely called the Argentine Disneyland. Along the streets there are buildings imitating significant objects of the world. It is easy to spot a bank or a government house here. The territory also has a ranch, its own radio and trains that will help the children take a walk into adulthood.
Tres de Febrero Park
Tired travelers can relax and gain strength in Tres de Febrero Park in the center of the Argentine capital. On its territory there is a picturesque Japanese garden. Guests of the city will be able to walk along the alleys with sakura, try to overcome the bridge of God, make a wish on the Island of Healing, admire the golden carps and buy bonsai in the local souvenir shop.